A workplace accident can happen anywhere, anytime. Minnesota residents can also be subject to contracting illnesses due to environmental factors such as toxic exposure to hazardous materials. In some cases, workplace injuries develop over time when repetitive stress motions occur. Regardless of the reason, injuries or illnesses can leave an employee completely unable to work in any capacity for a given period of time. Under workers’ compensation law, this is referred to as a total temporary disability.
Minnesota residents in any job field can find themselves injured or ill due to a workplace accident, situation or environment. Workplace injuries can be caused by one-time events or can develop over the course of time. Such is the case with repetitive stress injuries. The Occupational Safety Health Administration website notes that there are more than 100 known types of these injuries that are caused by actions taken at worksites.
A tree trimmer was working on a tree in Minnesota when a branch hit a hot power line and electrocuted him. The workplace accident happened in Minnetonka at about 1 p.m. on June 25. The man worked for a Little Falls-based company. The tree that the 21-year-old man was working on had become a potential danger in a Minnetonka resident's yard on Townline Road.
On June 22, an accident in Burnsville left one Department of Transportation worker with critical injuries and another with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities reported. The two workers were reportedly demarcating a lane on Interstate 35 with traffic cones when a car struck their truck.
Minnesota workers may be interested to learn that representatives of several of the nation's occupational safety organizations met at the plenary session of Safety 2014 on June 10. The director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health was on hand to reference the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh and asked that employers around the country use the incident as motivation for improving their own safety standards. The NIOSH director emphasized safety is often neglected due to the pressures companies face from their own supply chains.